Dutch cyclist living the dream when killed

A Dutch cyclist killed in a hit run has been remembered as a “sweet, spontaneous, cheerful” young woman who had just landed her dream job in her adopted hometown of Melbourne.

Gitta Scheenhouwer, 27, was fatally run over while cycling in a Chapel Street bike lane at South Yarra on August 12.

“She will always be in our hearts as the sweet, spontaneous, cheerful girl who was always busy with all of the things she wanted to do whilst smiling from ear to ear,” her family said in a statement on Monday.

Michael Panayides, 26, is charged with culpable driving and failing to stop or render assistance.

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